Cambodia bears in mind Viet Nam’s help in overthrowing genocidal regime
VGP - Viet Nam and Cambodia on Monday jointly held an event in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the historical journey by now Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen to seek Vietnamese help to overthrow Pol Pot's genocidal regime (June 20, 1977- 2022).
Decrying the abhorrent genocidal crimes that the Cambodian people suffered as well as the brutal aggression against Vietnamese people caused by the Pol Pot regime, PM Pham said Viet Nam had shared with Cambodia all it could to help build up Cambodian revolutionary forces in the fight against Pol Pot.
Responding to the call of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, after exercising the right to self-defence and put an end to Pol Pot's aggressions at the southwestern border of Viet Nam, Viet Nam helped Cambodia's revolutionary armed forces liberate the nation from genocide, and then restore and rebuild the country, PM Pham said.
In 1989, according to the agreement between the two States, Viet Nam withdrew all its volunteer troops "with pride and glory" after fulfilling all their international missions, amidst the affection of the Cambodian people, the Vietnamese Government leader said.
PM Pham also took the occasion to recall the great sacrifices of the two countries' people in the noble fight, especially those volunteer soldiers from Viet Nam who accompanied Cambodian comrades to defeat the Pol Pot regime, consolidating the traditional friendship and solidarity between Viet Nam and Cambodia.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked his Vietnamese counterpart and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation for joining the celebrations.
He said Vietnamese PM Pham's speech has "clearly and transparently" summed up his journey to overthrow the genocidal regime of Pol Pot and revive the country, as well as the historic relations between the two countries.
He again stressed that he only had four options at the time. The first was to use the forces under his command to start an armed revolution but he knew it would have been overwhelmed quickly, the second was to seek help from Viet Nam, the third was to sit by watching Pol Pot perpetuating his crimes, and the fourth was to commit suicide.
He said going to Viet Nam to ask for support for his cause was an inevitable decision, given the domestic and international situation at the time.
Hun Sen stressed Viet Nam's actions were totally justified and thanked the Vietnamese voluntary troops for accompanying Cambodian forces in national salvation efforts.
PM Hun Sen also expressed his pride in the many contributions he has made to the 45-year relationship between Viet Nam and Cambodia; including the step-by-step completion of border demarcation and marking, turning border areas ravaged by wars into areas of peace, stability and comprehensive cooperation.
The two Prime Ministers expressed their pleasure that along with the strong and unceasing growth of the two countries, the traditional solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Cambodia continue to be consolidated and elevated in many fields, bringing practical benefits to the people of the two countries, making an important contribution to peace, stability and development in the region and in the world./. VNS